We aim to outline a new paradigm which is based on logic, common sense, cooperation and love which simply shows we have a choice.
1. INTRODUCTION (Cont.)
Marianne Williamson writes:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light that most frightens us, not our darkness.”
The purpose of this study is to empower people to live the life they choose – to provide the shelter, warmth, food and love for themselves so that collectively we create a society that lives in harmony with each other and the planet which provides all our needs.
This is our birthright and the reason we have chosen to live on planet Earth. The many forces that conspire to control us and destroy the abundance given to us freely, creates conflicts to distil fear into our physical journey which only distracts us from our real purpose. It is not the disasters that happen to us but our response to them where we choose the love or fear that will be our life’s journey.
3. THE AIM OF THIS STUDY
The aim of this study is to outline a way that we can provide affordable housing to empower people to live independently within the framework of our external systems. It is intended to extend the limited concept of a built environment based only on physical needs to a holistic approach with multiple bottom lines that includes the social, political, economic, environmental, sustainable, ethical and spiritual needs of people and nature.
This cannot be achieved through an open market system based on fear and greed or manipulated by political control. It will be achieved by empowering people to work together in providing for themselves, the natural environment in which they choose to live and to manifest their own destiny, not to be dictated by others.
A NEW PARADIGM
The system that we live in creates the competition and conflicts which cause the social problems we now have. Housing affordability is increasing the divide between rich and poor, creating the ‘have’ and ‘have nots’ in our economy based on money and material possessions.
Affordable housing has been commandeered by the government as a political cause to maintain their control but misses the real need of providing the basic human needs for people irrespective of age, background, creed, physical and mental needs, health or wealth. These are basic human needs, not conditions to be manipulated to control society.
Our planning system is fundamentally flawed because it is based on regulations to control our physical world with no vision to provide for the collective needs and aspirations of our society within a natural physical environment.
All this has caused the social and economic problems of unaffordable housing, homelessness and poverty which cannot be fixed by the systems that created them.
The answer is simple – all you do is get a 100 acre (40.5 Ha) block of land and put 300 prefabricated modular houses on it ranging in size from studio to 3 bedrooms and rent them accordingly for $200 up to $260 per week.
The aim of this study is to show how easily this is achievable through cooperation and love not influenced by competition, fear and greed.
The 100 acre lots were originally created as rural parcels within the planning system so there are many available as a standard lot size.
The housing density of 3 houses per acre is chosen because this is half the standard planning density for 600 m² blocks in a typical low density suburb which is 6 houses per acre including roads.
The architectural profession, some builders and housing markets are now promoting the idea of small, tiny or even micro houses as an answer to their individual needs instead of the ‘McMansions’ of the past. Many unique and sensitive designs are now available and these can be produced economically using prefabricated modular building techniques.
The basic rental of $200 per week has been chosen as a baseline that has evolved after discussion with many people in difficult situations who just need a place to live and be safe.
The people renting would also be involved in the ongoing maintenance and administration of the community by giving 6 hours per week of their time for activities within the site.
Alternatively, if the time contribution was not possible it could be offset by paying an additional $100 per week so that others could be employed for the maintenance and administration of communal site activities.
All residents would live onsite with no sub-leasing to external parties.
With a 100 acre lot size there are economies of scale which allow the 300 houses to be self-sufficient in energy, water, waste and food and zero carbon within a natural environment and this study will outline methods for achieving this.
In addition, the social, ethical and spiritual needs of the people need to be met as basic and essential components within this physical community and methods of achieving this essential balance will be suggested as part of this study.